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Is Easter for Adventists?

April 13, 2018 / Martin Weber

Some Seventh-day Adventists pointedly ignore Easter because of its ancient roots in paganism. But many others skip this annual opportunity to celebrate Christ’s resurrection for another reason: They simply don’t see it as central to our faith.

While most Adventists around the world believe the reality of Christ’s resurrection, some underestimate its relevance to salvation and Spirit-filled living. By contrast, early Christians staked their lives — in this world and for eternity — on the risen life of Jesus. His resurrection reverberates throughout the New Testament:

Rage Flu

April 12, 2018 / Seth Pierce

When Billy Graham’s death made it onto social media, I sifted through a variety of passionate responses — not all of them pleasant. While some praised the evangelist’s incredible legacy of preaching the gospel, others criticized his comments on Jews having too much control in the media, as well as his stance on gay marriage. Beyond the praise and criticism, strands of outright hatred loaded with vulgarity celebrated the death of a man who, despite controversy, was responsible for more good than a million judgmental social media junkies put together.

Follow the Dog

April 10, 2018 / Seth Pierce

Recently I bore the crushing burden of a stopover in Fiji after preaching for a camp meeting in New Zealand. More specifically, I spent two days on the remote Mana Island — population 400. This doesn’t include the resort, which, due to the off-peak season, didn’t have all that many tourists. This meant most of the white sandy beaches were vacant, and I often had the infinity pool to myself. I’ll pause to allow you time to work through your envy. Yet, while the downtime from an intense speaking schedule was welcome, I got a bit restless after the first day and decided to go exploring.

Suddenly Nothing Mattered

March 15, 2018 / Martin Weber

Saturday night is a busy time for 911.

Frank and Sue were clubbing at the close of a busy week, dancing and drinking. Arriving home at midnight, they started arguing, yelling in each other’s face.

This fight was furious. But suddenly, whatever the problem was, it went away. Right in the middle of their curse-out contest, Frank dropped to the floor. Dead.

The argument was over. Sue won!

The marriage was over too. In one failed heartbeat, Sue went from angry wife to grieving widow.

The Empath

March 13, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“Empath.” It is in The New Yorker magazine, so it must be a real word.

“On The Oprah Winfrey Show, she served as an empath,” writes Doreen St. Félix, staff writer for The New Yorker.

A bit of Internet research brought me to some rather strange tales. “Empaths,” one site says, "have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them. They can easily be overwhelmed by the needs of others.”

Here are some other empath traits:

Plugged Into Jesus

February 26, 2018 / John Freedman

On a recent Monday morning I awoke, excited about the prospects for the week. Jumping out of bed at an early hour, I had plenty of time to take a long, hot shower and to dress, pray, study, eat breakfast and get to the office. It was going to be a great week!

However, things went downhill quickly. Turning on the shower, I expected our brand-new, high-technology, instant hot water heater to produce all it had promised. Instead, all I got was cold water that got even colder as my patience turned quickly to impatience. Something was definitely wrong.

The Cedar Chest

January 30, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“Get rid of all your stuff now. It may have meaning for you — but not for us.” — the children and grandchildren

Growing old can be ugly. Stressful, even, especially as our parents grow ill and require additional time and resources. It is painful to feel the fabric of life unwind as we try to wrap it more tightly. “Safety,” “dignity” and “protection” shift meanings as muscles defy commands and memories fog.

False Expectations

January 30, 2018 / Seth Pierce

There was an island where a few Englishmen, Frenchmen and Germans lived in 1914. It was so remote that news arrived every 60 days. In September, when news finally came, they learned that for more than six weeks now English and French people had been fighting over the sanctity of treaties against Germans.

2018: Comfortable or Courageous?

January 04, 2018 / Martin Weber

Will 2018 be the year you escape your comfort zone to live courageously for Jesus?

Some Northwest Adventists devote themselves daily to pursuing Jesus and helping others find Him. They do this amid life’s demanding responsibilities in the marketplace, in the classroom or at home caring for loved ones young or old.

Meanwhile, others of us are merely aspirational. Someday I’ll do something for Jesus! Then another year goes by with our witness stagnant or sporadic, compartmentalized from daily life.

Our First Work

December 28, 2017 / John Freedman

“Happy New Year” greetings bring all sorts of thoughts. Out with the old and in with the new. An opportunity for new beginnings, new habits, new choices, new resolutions to be better people. All of that is good until we realize our promises and resolutions are often no more substantial than the proverbial ropes of sand. With our human propensity toward evil, we are in bondage to a power we cannot break on our own. Scripture alone reveals the remedy for our condition. Our only hope is Jesus Christ — crucified, risen and returning soon.